Know Your BMI
Body mass index, or BMI, measures how much fat is in your body based on your height and weight. Your BMI can be a good gauge of your risk for diseases that are linked to being overweight. A high BMI score may put you at increased risk for certain diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Let's say you weigh 225 pounds and are 6'2" (or 74 inches). Get your calculator and do the math.
THIS IS YOUR BMI SCORE. (In this example, a BMI score of 28.8 means the person falls into the overweight range.) Talk with your doctor about your BMI score.
1. National Institutes of Health (NIH). National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: The Evidence Report. September 1998. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf. Accessed February 1, 2012.
2.Data on file. Yankelovich men's "Drive for Five" health campaign report survey. Condutcted June 20-28, 2012.